Transgender teen remains in critical, but stable condition after car surfing stunt
Police identified the victim as 19-year Mariah Hoover. Friends of the victim in online postings say Hoover actually identifies as a transgender man.
Officers say Mariah Hoover was riding on the hood of a Toyota Yaris around 10 Monday night.
After slipping off, the car ran over the 19-year old and ended up with the right rear tire resting on top Hoover's head.
Friends online says Hoover actually identifies as Aleks or Aleksander.
A GoFundMe me page says Hoover fractured his skull and is also suffering from a broken nose, jaw, arm and collar bone.
Police say four people lifted the car off Hoover and a fifth bystander pulled him out from underneath.
"They don't realize how dangerous it can be until the situation happens," said crime specialist Gilbert De La Portilla.
The CDC says the term car-surfing was first introduced in the mid-1980s.
An analysis of newspaper articles found that 58 car-surfing deaths were reported from 1990 to 2008, an average of three per year.
41 others were injured during the same time frame.
“It's an unfortunate thing but as long as the parents continue to talk to them and tell them hey this is very dangerous it's not a game," said De La Portilla.
Police say no arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.